Top 2019 Holiday Activities in Tampa, FL

At Novus Westshore, our location near downtown Tampa puts you in close proximity to all that makes the area such a vibrant place to live. In the holiday season, the many events and festivities of our neighborhood make living in an apartment in Tampa even more exciting. As you’re planning your holiday fun, here are some events that should be at the top of your list.

Saturdays with Santa
If you want to see the Jolly Old Elf in person, visit The Florida Aquarium on a Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas for Saturdays with Santa. You’ll find him there along with his elves, and you may even see the elves dive in the Coral Reef habitat. Saturdays with Santa also includes the option for photos with Santa at the aquarium. He is typically available from 10:30 to 1:30 each day. Come early on December 7 for Penguins, Pancakes & Santa, a buffet-style breakfast with Santa and live penguins. This event starts at 8 and runs until 9:30.

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
The Holiday Lighted Boat Parade is an annual favorite with the people of Tampa Bay. Watch from the shore as hundreds of decorated boats and yachts float by in front of you. This event takes place on Saturday, December 21, starting at 6:30, but you’ll want to stake out your spot for watching earlier. It really is the perfect way to start off the Holiday week in style.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens
Starting November 19 and running through New Year’s Eve, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay comes alive as Christmas Town comes to the park. At this festive experience, you can see beautiful light displays and interact with holiday characters as you stroll through the festive park. Take in ice skating spectaculars and music shows throughout the evening while exploring the park. Many of the park’s famous rides will be open for nighttime thrills as well.

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park
In December, Curtis Hixon Park becomes the center of holiday fun. Here you can glide across downtown Tampa’s only outdoor ice rink, take in holiday light displays, and get your fill of holiday shopping. Jump on board the Winter Village Express for a one-hour holiday excursion through the city and enjoy sing-a-longs, milk and cookies, and entertaining hosts while you ride. The park is also an excellent location to watch the Lighted Boat Parade on December 21.

Everywhere you look in Tampa, holiday festivities are popping up, and you’ll want to take time to pick the best ones for your needs. The convenient location of Novus Westshore makes it simple to enjoy these festivities not far from your apartment, so start marking your calendar with your favorites today!